Culture 2023: Our picks for film, TV, music and art | Movie

What are your cultural New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you’ll just stop listening to new albums on shuffle mode, like the movie critic Ellen E. Jones. “I really ruined Beyoncé’s last album like that,” she says.

Nosheen Iqbal is joined by the Guardian’s arts editor, Alex Needhamthe author of music and feature films Sam Wolfsonand Ellen E Jones, to recommend what to watch for in 2023. The panel discusses the opening of new cultural spaces such as Factory International in Manchester, why early music is more trending than new releases and films will get out of the house this year.

Here is the full list of everything mentioned in this episode:


Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans

Christopher Nolan-Oppenheimer

Martin Scorsese – Flower Moon Killers

Nia DaCosta – The Wonders

Denis Villeneuve – Dune: second part

James Mangold – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate

Ari Aster – Beau is Afraid

Greta Gerwig – Barbie

Jamie Suk – Legally Blonde 3

Chinonye Chukwu–Till

Todd Field–Tar

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything everywhere all at once

SS Rajamouli – RRR

Chantal Akerman – Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Brussels

Elizabeth Banks – Cocaine Bear

Ali Abbasi – Holy Spider

The music

Annie Mac – Before Midnight (Club Night)

Kate Bush – Run Up That Hill

Gerry Rafferty – All Along The Line

Guillaume Onyeabor

Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill (documentary)

The Alessi Brothers – Seabird

Scott Walker – Next

Iggy Pop – Uptight Johnny

John Cale – Mercy

Steve Lacy – Bad Habit (accelerated version)

Olivia Rodrigo – Driver’s license (accelerated version)

A-ha – Take On Me (accelerated version)

Asake – Mr Money with the vibe

Piri & Tommy – Weak point

Frank Ocean (at Coachella)

Rihanna (at Super Bowl halftime)


A Streetcar Named Desire – Almeida Theater (London)

The Lehman Trilogy – Gillian Lynne Theater (London)

Squid Game Immersive Gamebox (London, Essex, Manchester, Yorkshire and other locations opening in 2023)

The Burnt City – Punchdrunk (London)

Guys & Dolls – Bridge Theater (London)


Alice Neel: Hot Off the Griddle – Barbican (London)

International Factory (Manchester)

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller and further) – Lightroom (London)

Jenkin van Zyl: Surrender – Edel Assanti (London)

Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way – Turner Contemporary (Margate) and Leeds Art Gallery

Veronica Ryan – Turner Prize Exhibition at Tate Liverpool


Happy Valley – Sally Wainwright (BBC)

Unforgotten – Chris Lang (ITV)

Storyville (BBC)


Fernanda Melchor – Hurricane Season

Fernanda Melchor – This Ain’t Miami

Photography: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

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